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“This is going to be a good summer” David said to himself as he looked in the mirror hanging on his bedroom wall.
He’d taken pride in his appearance this morning, styling his hair in a faux hawk to impress the boy next door and he had no idea why.
After his family had eaten breakfast together, David got into his board shorts and put on sunscreen. He picked up his book and made his way outside, grabbing a towel to lie on. As he was on the stairs down to the beach he saw his sister sun-baking with Vanessa, Pierre’s younger sister. They were texting and laughing and taking selfies.
His parents were sitting on beach chairs, relaxing. Everything seemed so calm and happy.
As he placed his towel on the sand he noticed Pierre jogging towards him. Pierre’s cheeks were tinted with a light pink blush and a sheen of sweat. His shirt was off and as soon as David registered where he was looking he sat down and opened his book and began to read.
David looked up, and gave Pierre and questioning look as if to ask who was interrupting his reading and why, his look softened and he smiled, meeting Pierre’s eyes.
“Morning” David wanted to seem cold and guarded, when all he wanted to do was giggle like a nervous school girl
“You free to hang today?” he glanced down at David’s open book, “Or...is Elizabeth Bennett more interesting than sailing with me?” a cocky smirk that David thought he would come to know well spread across Pierre’s face.
“Mr. Darcy is much more intriguing than Lizzie” David retorted and as soon as he processed what he had said he felt his cheeks burn like a fire blazing on his skin. Why would he have said that? He wanted to take out a shovel and make a hole in the sand under him to bury himself in and die of shame. He couldn’t even meet Pierre’s impending gaze, he mustered up the courage to speak again.
“I mean, sure, I’d love to hang with you, sailing sounds great”
“Let me get changed outta these shorts and I’ll come get you soon, bring sunscreen” David looked and saw him smile, “Wouldn’t wanna get your precious complexion burnt”
“Ha-ha” David replied sarcastically, “I’ll get ready and see you soon” he gathered his towel and book to head inside. As he started to walk Pierre pulled his arm back.
“I really like what you’ve done with your hair” he said as he ruffled it with his hand, laughed to himself and walked off, leaving him annoyed that his hair he spent a long time on was now messed up, and by the person he was trying to impress!
He made his way inside, put together a bag and walked out to his parents.
“Mom, Dad, I’m going sailing with Pierre for a while today, is that okay with you guys?” they both raised their eyebrows and looked at each other.
David saw a smile form on his mothers face and his father echoed it
“Only if you pack lots of sunscreen and that you’re both back in time for dinner, we’re all eating together tonight” his mother said
“Its already packed Ma” David said as he kissed her cheek
At that moment, Pierre walked onto the deck of the cottage next door wearing a white button up shirt, only buttoned half way with his sleeves rolled up and his hair pushed messily back. He looked hot David thought to himself.
He groaned out loud and earned a surprised look from both his parents. He wished to himself that he wouldn’t think that about Pierre, he so desperately wished that he could have a nice normal summer friendship with Pierre without these stupid feelings getting in the way. He straightened up and smiled and waved at Pierre as he made his way over.
“Good morning” Pierre greeted his parents warmly
“Good morning Pierre, how are you this morning?” his father asked.
“Very well thank you Sir, I thought it was a lovely day to go boating and I know a few nice areas to stop for lunch. Thank you for letting me steal David away from your family vacation” he paused, “It’s nice to be able to hang out with someone other than my sister! She was driving me a little crazy”
Davids parents both laughed
“Well have fun boys, stay safe, don’t chase too many girls” Davids stomach dropped when he heard his mother say that and he wasn’t sure why.
“Have a great day Mr and Mrs Desrosiers” David couldn’t look at Pierre as he stood still from his mothers words.
Pierre had started to walk out to his car when he called out to David; “hey, you coming?”
David composed himself and smiled at his parents, turning around and taking a deep breath before following Pierre.
Once they were both buckled in Pierre started the car and the radio was blaring with Blink-182’s The Rock Show.
“I love this song” David said just as Pierre turned it down
“Yeah, me too. I made this mixed tape for my ex-girlfriend and she gave it back. I guess it was too thought out and special for her frivolous mind.”
“Mr Bouvier is that bitterness I hear in your voice?” David teased, but the topic of Pierre’s ex’s interested him
“Ahh, I guess” Pierre thought for a moment, “It ended badly with,” he paused slightly “her...but it was never great from the start. She was a cheerleader and I’d just started on the varsity football team when we started dating. The whole thing was shallow and I feel dumb to have been caught up in it” Pierre ranted in one quick breath. “Wow, I’m sorry David, I don’t mean to bore you with my past.”
“It’s not boring, for what it’s worth I’m sorry things didn’t work out between you” David was genuinely empathetic.
“Thanks David, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea” as Pierre said it he turned to David and winked. David wished he hadn’t had blushed, or at least that Pierre hadn’t seen him blush, but they both knew and the tension in the air was as thick as mud. David turned the radio back up and quietly sang along to The Rock Show.
“Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is my all time favourite Blink album” Pierre mentioned.
“Mine too” David said. How odd yet wonderful that they seemed so similar yet different, like oil and vinegar. They seemed to just connect though, like they complimented each other and just worked.
They continued in silence until Pierre cut the engine at a small wharf.
“Ready for some fun Desrosiers?”
David nodded eagerly in anticipation. He wondered where they would go and what the day would be like. They wouldn’t have asked for better weather; there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the thought of a whole summer free of work made David grin like a kid in a playground.
“What are you grinning at?” Pierre snapped him out of his daze and into the present.
“It’s summer” David said, happiness seeping through all his pores. He jumped up and clapped his hands in excitement. As short as the statement was, Pierre knew the exact feeling David was experiencing; sheer joy.
“Doesn’t it feel great!” Pierre said as he walked over and put an arm around David’s shoulder. David froze momentarily when he felt the butterflies in his stomach but continued to smile.
“The boats over there” Pierre pointed with his other hand at a motor boat docked up. “C’mon Davie” he giggled.
Had Pierre just giggled? And had Pierre just called him Davie? It really was going to be an interesting day.